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Searls guitars were hand made in Ballarat, Australia by Allan Searls. Searls made his first guitar in 1991 while still at school, a bolt on flying V with a donor neck and parts from a Strat copy.  Over the following years he worked on his own guitars as well as having friends bring their own guitars for repairs and upgrades, but he always wanted to learn how to build properly. The push came when he wanted a variation of an existing guitar made and was told by the company sales rep it would cost in excess of $15k for such an instrument. That was the incentive he needed and started the long journey of building for himself.: learning from every luthier that would share their secrets, reading books and copying his favourite guitars followed by lots of trial and error. Searls Guitars grew into one of the largest boutique guitar building workshops in Australia, but in 2019 Searls had to make the difficult decision to stop building guitars.

Portland Guitar

Portland Guitar specializes in fine handmade acoustic and acoustic electric guitars. It is a father-son operation comprised of Jay and Max Dickinson. Jay makes the guitars while Max runs operations. Jay is a lifelong mechanical engineer and wood worker who has been making guitars full time since 2005. Portland Guitar are focused on bringing playability, musicality and longevity to thier instruments. Their guitars feature innovations and inventions such as a split saddle nut is used to improve intonation and an easily adjustable cantilever neck which allows for the action to be changed. Unique art is used inside and for the purfling. Check out what they have to offer. 

Source: Portland Guitar website (18 June 2020)


Maximiliano Salcedo established Salcedo Guitarworks in 2006 in Villa Constitución, Santa Fe, Argentina. Salcedo learned to make guitars initially with Ivan Blascovich of Rosario city. He finished his training by himself using text books and information from the internet. He started by making copies of the designs of well known brands but now makes his own designs.

Source: Salcedo Guitarworks website (19 June 2020)


Supersound Electronic Products was established by Alan and Mary Wootton in 1952 in Erith, UK. Initially started as a part time venture, they made amplifiers in their garage at home. After they moved to Hawley Grange, Dartford, Alan packed in his day job with Jennings Electronics Industries and worked full time for Supersound custom making record players, radiograms and amplifiers. He was also joined by Ron Hopkins, Dave Pankhurst and Bob Kilgour from Jennings.


Shiro acoustic and electric guitars were made in Japan by Aria in the 1970s to 1980s. The range also included banjos and mandolins. The brand is named after Shiro Arai the founder of Aria Guitars (Arai & Co., Inc).


S101 Guitars is a brand name of the America Sejung company. Sejung is a Korean-based textile, construction and information technology business founded in 1974. Qingdao Sejung Musical Instrument Co., Ltd. was established China in 2001 to produce affordable pianos and guitars. Company chairman, Soon Ho Park invested $20 million to build a new piano and guitar factory in Qingdao, staffed by experienced Korean managers, to supply product to local and worldwide markets. Their George Steck, Hobart M. Cable and Falcone piano brands offer a wide range of styles and finishes in both grands and uprights. Their guitar brands are S101 and Canvas.  Qingdao Sejung Musical Instrument Co. are also OEM producers of instruments for other big name brands.

Source: S101 Guitars website (15 May 2020)

ZZ Ryder

ZZ Ryder guitars were made in China from around 2004 to 2008 for Stenzler Musical Instruments. The ZZ Ryder 2004 catalog describes the range as follows:

"You've entered the Eclectic Electric Guitar World of ZZ Ryder, the world's newest, most innovative guitars. These sexy guitars and basses are built to play, with hot rod electronics that let you emulate your favorite guitars at a price that you'll want to keep to yourself.

ZZ Ryder's unique guitars come in a variety of shapes and sizes from the short scale Rip your face off travel-sized (22 1/2 scale) Model 2 series to the artist acclaimed Model 3 series (24 3 4 scale).All ZZ Ryders have coil taps to let you go from a phatt,powerful humbucking to a single coil on steroids at the flip of a switch or via the push/pull potentiometers.


Strad-O-Lin was a budget American mandolin brand from the 1920s onwards. These Strad-O-Lin mandolins were made by various factories. The brand was aquired by Multivox in the 1950s who used the Strad-O-Lin brand name for electric, acoustic and bass guitars and amplifiers. The brand was still active in the early 1980s - as simply Stradolin, but presumably ended when Multivox ceased trading in 1984.

Source: Stradolin catalogs 1970s to 1980s.


Royce was a Multivox brand name used in the early 1980s. The instruments were imported (typically from Japan or Korea) and the range included electric, acoustic, classical and bass guitars as well as amplifiers, banjos, ukueleles and mandolins. Multivox stopped trading in 1984 so the brand was discontinued then.

Source: Royce catalog 1980s


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